After narrowly exiting the League Cup at the hands of Premiership Aberdeen last Sunday, Dundee failed to reproduce that level of performance and were held to a goalless draw against Inverness at Dens Park.
It was a bitterly disappointing and frustrating draw for Dundee who couldn’t find a way through the Caley defence and as the clock ticked down with the Dee pushing for that opening goal, it was the Highland team who nearly nicked it at the end.
Dundee did have chances of their own but as the game went on, Inverness’s gameplan to put every man behind the ball and hit us on the counter attack, neutralised our own setup.
We are only three matches into the new league campaign but I can’t help but start to worry already about where our goals are going to comedy from or more precisely, who’s going to be the individual who can assist our strikers.
We have Kane Hemmings, Andrew Nelson and Danny Johnson all leading our front line. All three would easily walk into any team in the Championship and also in six or seven teams in the Premiership. What we are missing is a player who can make the pass to cut open opposition defences for our forwards to latch onto but then again, I’m fed up of harping on about this.
Positives from this draw? Well it was another clean sheet, our fifth in eight matches, We are still unbeaten and overall, except for what I’ve talked about above, the team look solid.
Regardless, we lost ground on leaders Dundee United. I feel it’s far too early to be worrying about how far you are behind certain team but as they are our rivals, you can’t help but have this at the back of your mind.
We get the chance, however, to close the gap on them this Friday night when the first Dundee Derby kicks off at Tannadice.
They have the more settled squad and are finding the net very easily. Add into the equation that for the first time in a very long time, they will have the majority of the stadium filled with confident Arabs, it could prove to be a bit daunting when you compare current form.
I’ll make no bones about it, they are favourites. It is a Derby though and I’ve seen Dundee go in as clear favourites before and with the better team only to see our arch-rivals upset the odds.
It is a fixture that you cannot predict the outcome of and only a brave man or an arrogant fool would dare tell their mate of the rival opposition what they really thought.
MON THE DEE!